Lisa Vanderpump’s Beverly Hills restaurant Villa Blanca was often featured on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills during her nine-season run from 2010 to 2019. But amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report claims that Villa Blanca has closed its doors for good.
According to ScreenRant, Villa Blanca is boarded up and there is a handwritten note taped to the door indicating the restaurant’s closure.
Lisa Vanderpump's Famed Restaurant Villa Blanca Reportedly Closes for Good https://t.co/ghTuQrgnNn
— People (@people) July 9, 2020
RHOBH fans will remember that the cast often met for lunch at the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant – which opened in 2009. On Wednesday night, Kyle Richards said on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen that the news of the restaurant’s closing doesn’t come as a surprise.
“I mean all of the restaurants are so hard hit in Los Angeles, it didn’t really surprise me at all,” said Richards.
When the pandemic prompted California officials to shut down non-essential businesses, Villa Blanca shared via Instagram on March 16 that they would be “closing until further notice.”
“These are scary times right now, but nothing is more important than the health and safety of our employees and guests,” the eatery wrote. “Together we will get through this and come out stronger on the other side.”
They also encouraged everyone to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community. And, they told fans to keep following their page for updates.
In addition to Villa Blanca, Vanderpump also owns SUR, Tom Tom, and Pump in West Hollywood, as well as the Vanderpump Cocktail Garden in Las Vegas. LVP admitted in April during an appearance on WWHL that having to close her restaurants during the pandemic has “been devastating.”
View this post on Instagram
To our Beverly Hills Community, It saddens us to have to do this, but with the advisement of the government and local authorities, we have closed our restaurants until further notice. These are scary times right now, but nothing is more important than the health and safety of our employees and guests. We encourage everyone to social distance themselves, to allow our community to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we hope everyone does their utmost to fight this. Together we will get through this and come out stronger on the other side. Keep following us for updates and we hope we can welcome you back again soon. Stay safe. Much Love, Villa Blanca
“It’s not just our business; it’s our life as well. So many people have worked for us for years. Now they’re all on unemployment,” said Vanderpump. “Just everything’s gone right now. We can’t go in there, I can’t see what’s going on. It’s been devastating. It’s been really sad, I have to say.”
In addition to the loss of business due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Villa Blanca had already been facing financial troubles after Ken Todd and Lisa Vanderpump lost a sexual discrimination lawsuit in 2014 brought on by a former waitress.
According to Tamara Tattles, after losing the court battle, Villa Blanca went bankrupt. And, Todd and Vanderpump have been looking to get rid of the restaurant for years.